Men Overboard

a play by Rich Orloff

Cast: 5 M, 1 W

winner – Long Beach Playhouse New Play Contest

Finalist    2018   Woodward-Newman New Play Award

Finalist    2019    Dayton Playhouse FutureFest

MEN OVERBOARD asks “What makes a man?” and “What responsibilities do we have to protect the souls of those we love?”.

In MEN OVERBOARD, a Bar Mitzvah in New York City brings together three Jewish brothers who have taken very different life paths (becoming a politician, a therapist, and a Buddhist monk), plus their fading but forceful father, the politician’s 13-year-old son (who doubts he’s ready to become a man), and the boy’s Bar Mitzvah tutor (a woman who loves the boy and possibly one of his uncles).  As the boy is torn between obedience and defiance of his father, tensions grow, affecting everyone in the family, until anger becomes abuse and it becomes clear that the family’s status quo is no longer an option.

MEN OVERBOARD has had readings and workshops at Workshop Theater Company and T. Schreiber Studio (both in New York City), Theatre Ariel in Philadelphia, Dayton Playhouse Futurefest, Long Beach Playhouse.


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